Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 10 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Wednesday night

Still and calm last night, quite the opposite to what today turned into, windy and cool and subsequently i'm having 2 nights off trapping now, through possible tiredness!
Another good haul of Moths, with lots more micro moths now showing, Haworth's Pug being the best and a first garden record for the micro that I initially thought was Light Brown Apple Moth turned out to be a new species - Clepsis consimilana


Clepsis consimilana

Haworth's Pug

Knot Grass

Cnephasia sp

Parornix sp

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 09/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Haworth's Pug [NFY]
1x Knot Grass [NFY]

1x Straw Dot

2x Light Emerald

1x Pale Mottled Willow

1x Pale Oak Beauty

1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
1x Willow Beauty

1x Common Marbled Carpet

2x Mottled Rustic

2x Flame

2x Vine's Rustic

2x Turnip Moth

1x Treble Lines

1x Brimstone Moth

1x Silver-ground Carpet

6x Pale Tussock

2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Buff-tip

1x Seraphim

1x Garden Carpet

1x Marbled Minor

3x Common Pug

2x Mottled Pug

1x Riband Wave

1x Clouded Border

1x White Ermine

15x Common Swift

2x Large Nutmeg

1x Nutmeg

1x Rustic Shoulder-knot

14x Heart & Dart

Micro Moths

1x Clepsis consimilana [NFG]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]

1x Agapeta hamana

1x Cnephasia sp

1x Parornix sp

2x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

4x Crambus lathoniellus

2x Ephestia parasitella

3x Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

3x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana

1x Epiblema cynosbatella

1x Celypha lacunana

3x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

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